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3rd Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 4 - 2015/16

Ian Higgins won the toss at the picturesque Coogee Oval and decided to bat on a wicket that had a steady coverage of grass. There was a little bit of moisture underneath but a good batting performance and the instruction from the captain to "bat the whole day" would see the Stags in a good position at the end of Day 1.

Andrew Crosland in full flight at Coogee 

The start couldn't have been much worse when Jonathan New holed out to mid-on without score and the 3rd graders were 1-0. Missy joined Matt Chamberlain and the two set out to negate the dangerous new ball and did so with good effect, adding 53 for the 2nd wicket before Missy was caught behind for 22. 

Tim FerreroWhen Matt was bowled for 31, a semi-collapse looked on the cards as Andrew Crosland was adjudged LBW shortly after and Gordon were 4/69. Tim Diehm was bowled just after tea with the score on 93 and the afternoon was in the balance with 5 wickets already lost. 

Taking matters into his own hands - Tim Ferrero 

Tim Ferrero took matters into his own hands and aggressively compiled a blistering 42 before being given run out and Gordon looked to be in a spot of trouble at 6/131 on a very difficult wicket to score. 

From here, a score of 180-200 would have been taken. However, the lower order and tail had other things in mind, as partnerships of 27, 58 and 40 took the score well past this and somehow over 250. 

Scott O'Brien did the bulk of the damage with a magnificent 62 not out in the circumstances. However, he was ably supported by Lachlan Borg (29), Charlie Booth (26) and Rob Barker (20).

The over rate was particularly slow all afternoon against a very tidy 5 pronged pace attack. 

However, Gordon's persistence would eventually pay off on a wicket that was very difficult to drive on as they finished the afternoon just before 6pm at 9/262. A very satisfying performance with the blade.

It was Scott O'Brien who did the damage at the bottom of the innings, but he isn't that photogenic - so here is a photo of Lachy Borg instead 

Missy declared the 3rd Graders’ innings closed after assessing a reasonably similar looking Coogee Oval wicket from the week before and stressed that early wickets and the new ball would be key to their successes on Day 2.

A run out in the first over got things under way and very much set the tone for what was in truth a disastrous innings from the Randwick side. 

Rob Barker produced an absolute beauty of an inswinging yorker in his first over and the score was 2-0 after two. He picked up the second of his four wickets in the next over, comfortably taken by Tim Diehm and the score was 3-4 after four. 

A rollicking start and one that never looked in danger of being turned around. 

Rob then took his third wicket after a good catch by Scott O’Brien in the gully and R-Ps were 4-16. 

Scott O'Brien was handy behind the wickets. Here is a photo of Lachy Borg bowling instead. 

The score then moved to 37 before the second run out of the innings was affected by Jonathon New who dove to save four before returning a perfect throw to the bowler’s end. Rob took his fourth wicket the next ball and the first innings points were all but sealed with the score at 6-37 after only a handful of overs bowled. 

Rob Barker was running hot and everyone wanted to get a piece of the action. A group of unruly adolescents, stripped to their swimwear, ran onto the field and attempted to touch Rob at backward point, such was his hotness. It was as if it were something out of a Tony Wilson fantasy. This, coupled with the Latin drums banging all afternoon from one of the overlooking apartments, are just some of the sights and sounds one can expect from an afternoon at Coogee. 

Tim Ferrero, while physically present on the field, had his eyes glazed over as his mind was clearly focused on one of his harem of birds and the distraction of a Coogee circuit was all too much to bare. 

Randwick limped to 103 all out with Lachlan Borg bowling an impressive 8 over spell of 3-20 in the middle overs and Charlie Booth picking up the last wicket. 

Rob Barker is cheered off the field. A fantastic spell in both innings 

The second innings wasn’t much better for Randwick as they slumped to 2-20, thanks to another terrific opening spell from Patrick Effeney and Rob Barker. At 3-57, 5-68 and then 6-83, Randwick teased the Stags with the offering of an outright victory. 

However time ran out in the end and Gordon were more than content with 6 points and sang the song loudly and proudly – albeit with a couple of us needing to consult rapgenius.com to learn the words to the song. R-P finished at 6-100, still 59 runs behind Gordon's first innings. A terrific result overall and one that will definitely help our quotient; small victories after being washed out in round 1.

Best.Ever.Bumtap.Ever. 
Don't worry about leaving your mates hanging.

Only four bowlers were used in the second dig and the 25 overs of spin from O’Brien and Booth went for 2/26. Terrific control was exhibited from both. 16 wickets in 80 overs is a magnificent effort and will hold the 3rd Graders in good stead moving forward. 

Jono New 

 

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